Adagio Teas

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95

This is my all time favorite tea! Very strong but perfect for a morning cup of tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard Traveling tea box

Hmm, I’m not really getting any notes with this one. It almost reminds me of the tea that you get at a Chinese restaurant. Light, unoffensive, not especially memorable. It smells sweet, it’s a tiny bit creamy at the front of the sip but not enough to remember. Not bad, but not something I’d likely stock.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
44 tasting notes

It’s been 9 month since I was last on Steepster’ve had a rough couple of months, where I didn’t really have anywhere to live, and then where I had to start teaching, which has sucked my soul into oblivion.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about getting involved with Steepster again, but then I was humiliated that it had been so long. I have reached the (excuse my language) fuck it moment and decided I’d post. I’ll probably have a few tealogs in rapid succession.

Anyway, I love this tea. I wish it wasn’t seasonal. I wanted something like David’s Tea’s Santa’s Secret (I’m really into David’s Tea right now, for what it’s worth). But this tea from Adagio was cheaper and I had a lot of rewards points.

This tea is as good, in my opinion. I know other people disagree, but I just think it works as well. The two teas are different. Santa’s Secret is a lot softer and rounded, while this Adagio blend is sharply peppermint-y. That might be the black tea base on this one, as Adagio’s black tea bases can be very acidic.

But I like the sharpness of this tea. It is like instead of sucking on a peppermint, one bites into one and chews it— that level of aggressive candy cane taste. And it tastes like a peppermint candy, for sure. It’s round and sweet that pairs with the mint. The taste of cured sugar is definitely here.

And I really like this tea. I really, really like it. Adagio’s flavored teas are soooooo hit or miss, but this is a huge hit for me. I bought 6 oz, which will certainly hold me through the winter.

And it’s cheaper than Santa’s Secret! Which is also really good, by the way. I don’t think anyone would need both, so this is kind of a cheaper and slightly more pungent option.

Sooooo, Adagio, can we get candy cane pieces in the blend options now? Please? I know this won’t be a permanent tea, but…

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Mint, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Miss Starfish

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78
drank Tai Chai by Adagio Teas
49 tasting notes

I chose this tea at random, because I was able to add an extra sample if I posted on facebook. I wanted to try a coconut tea, and I realized I didn’t have much experience at all with spiced teas. This smells like a normal chai, but milder because of the ceylon (or at least I heard the chai teas were mixed with ceylon… I could be wrong. It just says black tea on the page…) And the coconut makes it sweet. The predominant flavor, though, is the lemon grass. it’s great. I’m wondering if it will go well with caramel. Anyway, I think I’ll brew some more. This seemed to brew the best, though, so maybe I should use more chai tea per cup and brew it longer.

Flavors: Coconut, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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100
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

I recently ordered several Adagio Tea samples. This was the first I tried, and it really hit the spot. I’d come home from a long day at work to find my new teas waiting for me on the porch. After a bit of dithering as I tried to choose which one to try first, I settled on the Hazelnut. Oh the scent!! I thought it couldn’t possibly taste as good as it smelled…and I was wrong. It tastes even better! Although I normally add honey or sugar to my tea (Southerner here; grew up on the House Wine of the South—sweet iced tea), I found the flavor of this tea to be so nice that I didn’t add a thing. I had just enough time to relax with a cup before the power went out thanks to a wreck that wiped out a power pole. I’m glad I didn’t wait to try it. It would have been torture to be stuck in the house with delightful smelling tea and no way to heat water for it! I’m definitely doing this one to my list of favorites. The hazelnut is a powerful topnote, but the rich back tea flavor comes through very clearly.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Tea

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Overboard Traveling tea box

Hmm, I’m pleasantly surprised with this one. Unsweetened, it was something I wouldn’t mind drinking, but adding a touch of sweetener really brought the hazelnut out and covered up the remains of the rooibos taste. I wonder how this would taste with some cacao thrown in… hmmmm. Might have to keep this one for experimental purposes.

(omg the remains of the first steep with a tsp of cacao husks and a tsp of cacao nibs and some sweetener is… really yummy)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
rosebudmelissa

That does sound delicious! Where did you get your cacao husks and nibs?

jeweledthumb

@rosebudmelissa: The nibs you can get at any “gourmet” or specialty grocery store – although I often find them cheaper at HomeGoods (or Marshalls/Tjmaxx). The husks, on the other hand are a slightly bigger pain to get a hold of, even though they are the casts off in the chocolate making process. There are a few brands that sell husks: Herbal Infusions, Tisano, Teaobroma, though I’m sure there are others.

rosebudmelissa

Thanks! I love chocolate, so I think I may have to look into this. I noticed that there’s a discussion about chocolate tea, where someone mentioned that the shells have a lot more flavor. Do the nibs add much to the flavor in your opinion, or should I just go for the shells? And do you know anything about how they compare to brewing chocolate like Crio Bru? (can you tell I got distracted researching this after I asked my question? :)

jeweledthumb

@rosebudmelissa: In my opinion the nibs add some flavor, but not a heck of a lot and the husks and the nibs need to be steeped for a long time before you get much flavor, and when you get flavor, it’s not sweet chocolate like many would expect, so I almost always add some sweetener. I did a LOT of research on the husks myself… in fact, I wrote a lot about it in this tasting note (http://steepster.com/jeweledthumb/posts/231665#likes). I’m half tempted to buy the beans, roast them myself and get the husks for tea and have a (probably horrible) attempt at the chocolate making process just to see.

(You don’t want to know how many articles and youtube videos I watched on the chocolate making process after trying “chocolate tea” for the first time – so I totally understand!). When I learned that the husks are the cast offs, I was really annoyed that the “chocolate tea” is so expensive. Most places probably get the husks for free or close to it!

rosebudmelissa

Thanks for the information. I look forward to trying it out for myself.

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Overboard Traveling tea box

I’ve learned that Adagio whites benefit from major overleafing, so I used 3 tsp for my 12oz mug. I’m getting a faint hint of strawberry which actually reminds me of their strawberry tisane. It’s not in your face, but it’s present. I’m not finding this as buttery as the other Adagio whites I’ve tried, which is a bit of a disappointment, but I think it’s the rooibos in it (not sure why they added that in to be honest). It’s ok, but it’s not on the to-buy list and I wouldn’t add it to an Adagio order.

I decided to add a tiny bit of sweetener which made the strawberry much more obvious, but it’s still lacking the kind of quality I’m used to with the whites from this brand – and they aren’t even the best out there! Anyway, drinkable, but not great.

This was finished by me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
49 tasting notes

As I had said in my last review, I decided to brew this again. I used a bit more than a teaspoon, but I might need to consider using more. It tastes alright, but I probably would have preferred the vanilla. It’s alright as a tea, but probably makes a better base tea. I’ll probably continue to add rose to it.

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68
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
49 tasting notes

I just received this tea as well as a few others in the mail today. I opened it to smell it first, and found it did smell similar to cream soda as others have said, but I think the tea smells more like yogurt covered raisins. The tea does look like the picture. I’m not drinking this tea plain, but mixing it with two other teas; 1/2 tsp Cream, 1/2 tsp Summer Rose, and 1/4 tsp Cherry. I will rate the tea separately, of course, but I wanted to try all three. I think they should mix well enough together. This rating will inevitably include all three, so I won’t rate the tea until I drink it separately. Since all three teas have a ceylon base, I should at least get a good feel for the black tea.

Right now, it doesn’t smell heavily of any of the teas, which is good in my opinion, since the cherry has such a strong flavor. You can smell all of the teas, though. It smells like a sweet floral with a hint of cherry. The predominant flavor is rose, with a hint of cherry. I don’t know if I taste the cream yet. I will try adding milk and sugar to my next cup to see how it affects the taste, though I will probably not add it to this page. I will have to try the cream tea by itself, since it doesn’t seem to have a very noticeable flavor at the moment.

I will post a more practical review later.

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74

So, I took my own advice and brewed fresh tea. The tea is darker this time with a warm scent that reminds me of caramel. It tastes better too, though I wouldn’t say that the vanilla is as prominent as I would like. The Earl Grey is there, but not as strong as I would like. The citrus notes are stronger, now that I can taste the tea. I did wonder how the added citrus would affect the taste. I don’t know if I like this addition or not. It’s not the best vanilla earl grey I’ve tasted, but it would probably add more depth to whatever you decided to add it to. It does taste more like orange than bergamot.

Taste: 7 (It does have the vanilla and Earl Grey elements there, but the orange peel seems to be the predominant flavor. That’s not necessarily what I want in my Earl Grey, but it’s not like it doesn’t meld with the other flavors. I do think the taste balances out as it cools, giving it a stronger flavor. I might have to try it iced.)
Tea Leaf: 6 (It doesn’t match the picture. It’s a lot more dust than I would expect, and not what I would call whole leaf. It looks cut like what you would get in a tea bag. the cornflower and orange peel are there, but not in big pieces.)
Smell: 7 (Prior to steeping, I didn’t really get much of an Earl Grey vibe off of it, and it didn’t really smell like vanilla. Since those are the two things that I would look for, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t noticeable. Brewed, it has a caramel smell, which could be the mix of vanilla and creme.
Would I drink it again: 7 (I think it would be great mixed. I’m getting a sample of it in the mail, and I don’t think I would buy it immediately, but if I had it in the closet, I would drink it. It’s good to share with friends who are on the fence about tea.)
How it compares to similar teas: 5 (It doesn’t beat out any of the competitors, unless you include the bagged varieties. It’s good for what it is, but I’ll buy my cream earl grey teas elsewhere, and reserve this for blends.)
Would I recommend it to others: Yes +5 / No 0
Total: (37×2) 74
(Still working on this rating thing. I should stop rating them simply based on the smily faces at the bottom…)

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Orange, Vanilla

Flyawaybirdie

I’m glad the second time around worked out better for you. It’s not a very strong flavoring- I tend to liken it to tea + cream orangsicles, much more vanilla cream than citrus. If you want a more robust bermagot flavor in the Adagio line, the Earl Grey Bravo is more citrusy I think.

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74

I received this sample from Flyawaybirdie in a Christmas card. I only started looking at Adagio recently, or looking at it again. I knew there were fan mixes, and so I wanted to get something that reminded me of one of my favorite characters, but then ended up not wanting any of them for the ingredients mixed in. Offer too many choices, then it becomes that much easier to be indecisive or picky about the ingredients. Anyway, I did buy some teas to sample and one of the teas I wanted to try was the Earl Grey Moonlight.

I love vanilla in Earl Grey, which is funny because I just assumed I wouldn’t like vanilla because of my aversion to vanilla candles. I realize now that one doesn’t really influence the other.

This tea doesn’t seem to have a strong smell of anything. I get a hint of vanilla, but it almost reminds me of licorice allsorts or anise flavored cookies. I don’t know why exactly.

I feel like I’m brewing the tea wrong, though. I don’t get much of a flavor from the tea. It’s a bit muted, and tastes vaguely of black tea and bergamot. I brewed it first in a larger traveller mug, and I don’t think I used enough tea. I reused the same tea bag, so I might need to use fresh tea to really get the flavors. I think I just used too much water. So I’ll try again in a few minutes with more tea. I’m really glad I participated in the tea swap.

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92

I have been a huge fan of matcha for a while now. When Adagio started selling it I couldn’t have been happier. I managed to finally get my hands on a sample. Let me say I was not disappointed! It has a rich matcha flavor that I know and love. It’s much better iced than hot in my opinion. I like how if you let it set for a bit, the flavor seems to grow even stronger. The only thing I would say that I disliked was the fact that the price is a bit much. Especially for the sample where there wasn’t a lot for the price. Other than that the taste is defiantly quality.

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drank Hugs and Kisses by Adagio Teas
400 tasting notes

Thanks FlyAwayBirdie for a chance to try this. This is a very nice dessert tea with a lovely floral vanilla flavor. Very relaxing especially when you’re needing de-caf. Don’t let it cool off too much because the rooibos starts getting a bit medicinal/woodsy tasting overwhelming the vanilla and floral flavoring.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
144 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
144 tasting notes

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100
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas. Tastes like warm sweet liquid rice cakes. Perfect at night before bed, helps me avoid snacking & makes me feel cozy.

Flavors: Rice, Toasty

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Love this, but wished i had used slightly cooler water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 20 g 27 OZ / 800 ML

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85

If you’re looking for an Earl Grey alternative, this is it! It has well balanced notes of cream and bergamont. There’s a really nice overlaying floral quality to it as well, and only a mild astringency to it. I often find earl greys too bergamont flavoured, but not this one. Definitely a staple in the cabinet. Makes a pretty great iced tea too!

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Cream, Floral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

This tastes like strawberries and smoke. Looking at the ingredients, it does have Rooibos in it. I don’t quite understand why rooibos is so popular, and I really don’t understand what it’s supposed to add to a strawberry white tea. Why add a smokey flavor to that? It’s a mystery to me. Anyway, this is not bad, just not quite my cup of tea I don’t think.

Flavors: Smoke, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

It’s been a good while since I’ve reviewed anything so I thought now would be a good time. The weather is getting colder and it’s the perfect time for a good cup of tea. This is the first winter me and Makayla get to spend together!! With the holidays coming up it certainly puts me in a good mood.

Makayla bought this tea here while back and this is our first time drinking it. It has a unique smell too it, slightly offensive at first but after a couple whiffs not so bad. The taste is crisp with a dry after note. Yet underneath all there’s a sweetness I cant quite put my finger on. It’s an interesting blend I must say I neither overly love it or hate it. It’s something I would grab on occasion and enjoy.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Tabby

I haven’t had much luck with Adagio’s flavored whites, either.

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Overboard TTB.

Hmm… The dry leaf for this smells amazing – like pumpkin cheesecake. This is definitely one of those teas where I wish it tasted like it smelled, though. It leads with a mild flavor of pumpkin and spices, then the flavor of the base tea shows up. The base doesn’t really complement the flavor very well, and I wish the flavor itself were a little bolder. While it is a pleasant tea, I feel like it’s kind of flat and uninspiring. It’s not quite what I want from a pumpkin spice tea.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Pumpkin, Spices, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
253 tasting notes

This week is going to be all about challenging the conceptions I’ve built about tea throughout the first leg of my tea journey. I’ve written off whole categories of tea including green, black, and sheng (too grassy, too boring, too savory) but that was so many months ago that my tastes have changed, and my brewing methods have changed and I’m sure that many of the teas I didn’t like it was because I brewed them incorrectly.

I wasn’t optimistic about this tea when I looked at the dry leaf because they are nearly gray in color which I believe signifies low quality, but I went ahead anyway.

2 infusions: (5s, 10s) Not bad! It does taste a bit grassy, but not so much that it bothers me. I actually like it. It has a verry small hint of floral note at the end. Surprised that I noticed that.

Of to try more green teas!

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Cheri

My tastes have changed so much from even 6 months ago….

madametj

Same here, 3 months even judging by my tasting notes.

Cheri

It’s a good thing…..I think.

madametj

It is. The palette is getting more “sophisticated” :P

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85
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
264 tasting notes

I bought this on a whim, reading about it being malty. This tea just rocks! Slight cocoa, sweetness, coffee like notes. I even got my mom to drink this, and she won’t drink 99% of the teas I try to get her to try! I would use this tea to introduce a coffee drinker into the tea world.

I rebrew it once, taste just as good. Just an all around delicious tea.

I use three pearls per 8 oz of water.

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85
drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
498 tasting notes

The name of this tea has The White Stripes’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” on repeat in my head. “Like a summer rose needs the sun and rain, I need your sweet love to beat love away…” The lyrics don’t make sense, but I enjoy Jack White just the same.

The first thing I want to say about this tea is how it doesn’t look exactly like the photo. Rose petals naturally fade when they dry, so they’re not the bright magenta you see here. They’re faintly pink, but mostly a sort of cream color. That said, there is a very generous amount of them in my sample. Lovely!

The smell of the dry leaf is very floral, but not exclusively rose. I’m getting hints of lemon, pepper, and magnolia. Mmm, magnolia! The smell poignantly reminds me of the beginning of summer here in the deep south. I wonder if there are magnolia teas out there… that’s something to research for sure.

The brewed tea also smells of rose and magnolia. So summery, so nostalgic. Upon the first sip I notice that it’s not an overwhelmingly floral tea. It certainly doesn’t beat you over the head with the rose. The black tea base is mild and without bitterness or astringency. Much like a yunnan tip or something. Very smooth. Though that might have something to do with the preparation. On the package, it said to brew for three minutes, so I did. Anyway, it’s very gentle and I look forward to finishing the sample.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Lemon, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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